Eisenhower 2021 Gala


Fall Eisenhower Award Dinner

Our November 3 event will examine space as a new frontier essential to US national security and maintaining our strategic edge. We welcome attendance in person in New York City as we celebrate innovation and recognize the contributions of two outstanding American leaders. A live stream of the event will also be available.


BENS Chairman Mark Gerencser

BENS Policy/Projects

Our Work

BENS builds teams of members with the skills and expertise needed to meet our government partners' objectives and deliver results.

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Stanley Weiss

Celebrating Our Founder

Stanley A. Weiss: 1926–2021

The visionary leader who founded BENS in 1982, beginning a new era for public-private cooperation in national security, has passed away at the age of 94.

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How We Work

We work to deliver results through varied methods, including round table discussions, red teaming, and focused working groups.

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21st Century Workforce

Recruiting and retaining a competitive and representative workforce.

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National Security Enterprise Management

Building a modern and efficient national security infrastructure.

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Maintaining a Competitive Edge

Harnessing commercial technology and public-private engagement in the national interest.

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Technology & Innovation Council envisions a culture of security mindedness toward 5G rollout.

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BENS Leadership Report |
Fall 2020

A compendium of experiences and impact BENS members made in 2020.

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This guide provides best practices to recruit, develop, and retain top talent.

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Energy Grid Resilience Report

Four state-level approaches for grid resiliency that would lead to a more resilient national grid if applied across the country.

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As we commemorate the twentieth anniversary of September 11, 2001, we will never forget the shock and horror we felt on that morning or the 2,977 men and women whose lives were taken from us. We pause to remember the men and women in our military and intelligence agencies who sacrificed their lives in the wars that followed. We also pause to give thanks to our first responders, and civilians who came forward in acts of heroism, kindness, and charity to step up and do extraordinary things for others.

This last month’s events on the ground have been extraordinarily difficult for all of us to witness, but I remain proud of the contributions of the men and women I’ve had the opportunity to lead since that tragic day. The one thing that has never been in question for me was the commitment, devotion, and nobleness of the effort to keep our homeland secure.

BENS and our members have played a critical role in that effort and I thank you for stepping up and volunteering your time and talents to work as one with so many agencies and leaders across the national security enterprise. As we all stop and reflect on how our lives have changed as a result of this day two decades ago, I share a video of remembrance along with my personal gratitude for everything you have done, and continue to do, to keep America safe and secure.  

Very Respectfully,

General Joseph Votel, USA (ret.)
President and CEO

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